2nd Annual Lumen Celebration of Fire & Light
Dec. 22 from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Bristol. Fire performers Cirque de Fuego on the town green; lighted Main Street, fire pits, hot drinks, tasty eats, handmade s’mores kits, music and more. Create a holiday lantern in a free workshop before the event at 4 p.m. in Holley Hall. All ages; supplies provided. Part of the Cool Yule celebration sponsored by Bristol CORE and Tandem. Free. discoverbristolvt.com or 760-6076.
Phoenix Books Essex
Through Dec. 31: Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) book drive; donors entered in drawing for gift certificate. 2 Carmichael St. 872-7111, phoenixbooks.biz
A Very Merry Middlebury
Through Dec. 31: I Spy 10 Tiny Chickens contest; framed original illustrations by Ashley Wolff hidden in store windows; Be Your Favorite Christmas Character (free photo op). Complete calendar: experiencemiddlebury.com.
Chittenden County Chess Club
Every Thursday at 7 p.m. Registration 7-7:15 p.m.; Games begin at 7:30 p.m. Great competitive fun. Information: Dave at 324-1143 or email email@example.com. Lake Champlain Waldorf High School, 122 Bostwick Road.
Mondays and Wednesdays. Beginning Sun Style Tai Chi 9-10 a.m.; Sun 73 (advanced) Tai Chi, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Classes are relaxed, non-competitive, focused on well-being and fall prevention. Slow gentle movements emphasize balance and flow. Information: Chris Curtis 734-6903 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Shelburne Town Hall.
Flynn Center MainStage
Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. “5,000 Years of Civilization Reborn” through music and dance. shenyun.com, shenyunperformingarts.org. 153 Main St. 86-FLYNN, flynntix.org
Through Jan. 13. Exhibition featuring paintings by Hinesburg artists Judi Maculan and John Penoyar. 69 Ballards Corner; carpentercarse.org.
Impressions of Lake Champlain & Beyond
Through Dec. 30. New paintings by Carolyn Walton, Athenia Schinto, Helen Nagel, Gail Bessette and Betty Ball, and introducing the works of Ken Russack to the gallery. Jewelry by Tineke Russell. 5955 Shelburne Road, across from Shelburne Museum. luxtonjonesgallery.com.
Through Jan. 1. Charlotte artist Keilani Lime’s paintings include large-format pieces, focal point design and structural texture on canvas including found medium and acrylics in a minimalist style. Recent exhibit at the South End Art Hop. More at keilanilime.com. 6308 Shelburne Rd. shelburnevineyard.com.
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
Reindeer Up Close
Dec. 28. Presentations at 11 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m. Get an up-close look at animals from Vermont Reindeer Farm during this special one-day event. Learn more about them and what makes them well-suited for cold, snowy weather. Free with ECHO admission or membership.
Innovation Playground Exhibit
Through Jan. 15. Celebrates lifelong play and its role in sparking technological, social, and artistic innovation in our community. Build with giant blue blocks, explore virtual galaxies in a cardboard spaceship, and bring inventions to life in a fully-equipped maker space.
1 College St. echovermont.org.
Webby’s Art Studio
Daily during December holiday week, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., special craft projects.
Dec. 26 Arctic Animal Bookmarks.
Dec. 27 Sleighs and Sleds: Project inspired by vehicles found in the Round Barn.
Dec. 28 Make your own snowflakes using oil pastels and watercolors.
Dec. 29 Decorate a tree for the winter season.
Dec. 30 Open Studio – Use materials from 2017 Webby’s Art Studio activities to produce your own work of art.
In the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education’s classroom. shelburnemuseum.org.
“Hooked on Patty Yoder”
Through Jan. 21. Exhibition of 20th century hooked rugs in the Colgate Gallery.
“Sweet Tooth: The Art of Dessert”
Through Feb. 18. Exhibition looking at America’s sweets obsession through pop culture and visual art.
6000 Shelburne Road. 985-3346; email@example.com, shelburnemuseum.org.
Old Round Church benefit concert Dec. 31 starting at 7 p.m. Sixth Annual New Year’s Eve Old Round Church Benefit Concert will feature Patti Casey and Tom MacKenzie; opening acts will include Cricket Blue; Hadley Stockwell on fiddle and Winslow Starks on banjo, representing Young Tradition Vermont; blues guitarist Bill Ellis. Sponsors: Richmond Market and Beverage and Valley Stage Productions. This fundraiser supports upkeep of the historic 16-sided meeting house built in 1812-13. Admission by donation; $10 per person suggested. At the Richmond Congregational Church, Church Street, Richmond. Information: 434-3654.
UVM Recital Hall
Dec. 21: Lane Series spring tickets discount deadline (no processing or handling fees) laneseriestickets.com; 384 S. Prospect St. 656-7776.
New Year’s Eve with The Grift
Dec. 31 at Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. Doors at 8 p.m. Music at 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve Party. Free champagne toast at midnight (for 21+). Sponsored by Otter Creek Brewing. Tickets: $18 door; $15 in advance; 68 South Pleasant St.; 388-1436 or townhalltheater.org.
BURLINGTON FIRST NIGHT
First Night Burlington includes ticketed performances at the Flynn
First Night Burlington’s 35th New Year’s celebration runs generally from 1 p.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve with performances, activities and events at venues throughout downtown Burlington.
Multiple performances are scheduled for the main stage at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. These events require tickets separate and in addition to a First Night button. These include:
• Circus Smirkus at 1 and 3 p.m. Tickets at the FlynnTix Box Office in person only and a First Night Burlington button.
• Myra Flynn & Friends at 7 p.m.
• Swale at 9-10 p.m.
• Gang of Thieves at 10:15-11:30 p.m.
Tickets at the FlynnTix Box Office in person only. Box office hours: Monday to Friday10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 153 Main St. 86-FLYNN, flynntix.org.
First Night Burlington’s schedule and button purchasing details are online at firstnightburlington.org.
Dec. 31: Special New Year’s Edition of Mi Yard Reggae Night, DJs Big Dog and Jahson.
Above Nectar’s, 188 Main St. 865-4563, clubmetronome.com
Dec. 31: Kat Wright, Julia Caesar, SoundBrother (The DuPont Brothers); New Queers Eve.
1214 Williston Road. Toll free: 877-987-6487; highergroundmusic.com.
All Souls Interfaith Gathering
Winter Solstice Nature Walk
Dec. 23 starting at 3 p.m. for two hours at and after sunset. The goal of this guided winter solstice nature mindfulness is to experience winter through all of your senses. This mindfulness practice is based on Shinrin-Yoku a Japanese tradition of nature immersion to benefit physical and mental health. Less than a mile, ending with a special foraged hot tea in the forest. Dress for the weather. Tickets: $20 at natureconnectionguide.com. Limited to 15 people.
Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center
Art demonstrations Daily through Dec. 24, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Burlington print artist and satirist dug Nap will be on hand to meet visitors and sign prints. 85 Church St. Information: froghollow.org.
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage
Dec. 27 at 2 and 7 p.m. 30 Center St., paramountvt.org. acharliebrownchristmaslive.com; 775- 0903.
Auditions for “The Dixie Swim Club”
Jan. 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and Jan. 13 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. In this Jones-Hope-Wooten
Play, five middle-aged Southern women whose friendship began on their college swim team, hold a reunion every August. Performances set for April 13-15, 19-21. Synopsis, character descriptions at shelburneplayers.com. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. Auditions at Trinity Episcopal Church, 5171 Shelburne Road.